The text editor is available in many areas of Moodle and is set to the default Atto editor.
Formatting text options
The Text editor is available for all text areas in Moodle and the format is automatically set to HTML format (Atto being the default editor).
However, if the setting ‘Editor preferences’ from the user menu top right > Preferences is set to ‘Plain text area’, then various format options are available in a dropdown menu below the text area.
Markdown text format
Markdown format tries to make it easy as possible to type well-formatted XHTML pages using nothing but text written more or less like you would write an email.
It’s very good for writing clean text pages with some headings and some lists but without many links or images. It is an excellent choice when accessibility of the generated page is important.
We have a series of posts about Markdown starting soon.